Cycling North France Day 4: Ry to Rouen

We awoke bright and early, and finished the last of the Raclette on some baguette, (sub standard baguette, becoming bread snobs!), with the promise of buying more, better, baguette in Ry, then heading out somewhere pretty to eat it.  After saying goodbye to our lovely hosts, we headed down the hill to Ry.  One thing I noticed around a few places, were little shrines, just by the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere.

Our cute little house
Our cute little house
The attic
The attic
House
House
Selfie
Selfie
Ready to go
Ready to go
Cute little house
Cute little house
A Christian statue at the side of the road - there were quite a few of these, spread around
A Christian statue at the side of the road – there were quite a few of these, spread around

In Ry (An absolutely adorable little town), we stopped at the local patisserie to get (More, Again) baguettes, and pastries.  This place was one that I just wanted to ask for one of everything, in a large sack, if you please!  Everything looked amazing.  After filling up our bags, we headed out of town, until we found another littler town, where we found a nice flat area to sit and eat our spoils.

 

Little river in Ry
Little river in Ry
Little river in Ry
Little river in Ry
Old house in Ry
Old house in Ry
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This is what the signs that signify the end of town look like. No more Ry.

 

Mmmm second breakfast
Mmmm second breakfast
Delishus
Delishus

We then pottered off towards Rouen.  We wanted to arrive at a decent time, so we would have plenty of afternoon for Touristing in Rouen, and we arrived just after lunch, I think.  We stayed at the Ibis in the middle of town (got a cheap deal), and quickly showered and changed.

Rouen is lovely.  I wasn’t expecting anything, as I hadn’t done any research, what with being busy with other things.  It is an adorable town, with streets preserved as they were in medieval times, with their crooked beams and leaning houses and narrow streets.

Medieval streets of Rouen
Medieval streets of Rouen
Medieval streets of Rouen
Medieval streets of Rouen
Cute
Cute
Very cute crooked houses.   Medieval streets of Rouen
Very cute crooked houses.
Medieval streets of Rouen

It is also home to Monet’s Cathedral – the Cathedral that Monet painted a series of impressionist paintings, all in different lights of the day.   Google it, if you don’t know what I”m talking about.  It was very impressive, so much detail and intricacies.

Cathedral of Rouen
Cathedral of Rouen
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Cathedral
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Cathedral roof

 

Doors that are tall enough for anyone
Doors that are tall enough for anyone
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Joan of Arc windows

 

Cathedral
Cathedral
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Gardens
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Tall
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Such detail

 

 

It was also interesting to read about the bombing of it during the war, and see some of the windows that were plain, as the pretty stained glass ones had been broken.   It had been bombed by the Lancaster bombers, which was interesting and relevant to me, as we had actually seen some examples of the Lancaster Bombers flying at the Eastbourne airshow, a month or so ago.

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Windows
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The Disaster!
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Angel

 

There was also a large ornate building in town, that still had all the mortar shell holes in the sides of it.  I find it very interesting to see these actual bits of history, rather than just hearing about it, or reading it in textbooks.  It was like when we were in New York seeing paintings that Picasso had painted, then while on a walking Tour in the Montmarte area of Paris, and standing in front of the house where Picasso had actually painted that picture.

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War wounds
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Didn’t fix the holes…

Anyway, Rouen!   Rouen was also the place where Jeanne d’arc – Joan of Arc, was imprisoned, and then burned at the stake.  There is a church and a memorial dedicated to her.

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Joan of Arc Memorial
Joan of Arc Church
Joan of Arc Church

 

We wandered town, ate yummy things, and enjoyed the sights, before heading back to the hotel for some extra layers of clothing, and a nap before dinner.  We ate at a lovely restaurant, overlooking the Cathedral, and it was all lovely.

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Carousel. only for little people.
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The clock. Has been around since 1400-1500s.
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The square near the Joan of Arc Memorial
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The Seine, as it runs through Rouen.

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Mid afternoon snack - raisin escargot and cherry flan
Mid afternoon snack – raisin escargot and cherry flan
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Ohhh patisseries..
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An old wall
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A concoction of mince, sauce and egg.
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Proper french onion soup. Contains cheese, so must be good!
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Lit up at night

 

 

Church
Church
Beams!  Shutters!  Passageway under the house!
Beams! Shutters! Passageway under the house!
Thatched roof!
Thatched roof!
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Pamplemousse!
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Oh bread, how I love you

 

This water tower seemed to be everywhere
This water tower seemed to be everywhere
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Dale’s meal… The french waiter was impressed he ordered it. And ate it!

 

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